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Today’s entry marks the 100th post in the Weekend Versus feature! And I thought this would be a good time to go out with a bang, at least temporarily. Yes, WW is going on hiatus for a bit. I’m sure it’ll return in due time, but for now, let’s enjoy this last look at comic book crossover conflicts.

After the write-up I did of the horrible 90s “parody” publisher Spoof Comics in this post, I was left with a few unused comic covers. So here for your reading enjoyment (torture) is a look at conflicts, Spoof-style. First up, Spoon vs Batbabe::

See, Spoon is just like Spawn, except she has a bunch of spoons tacked on to her costume! Isn’t that clever? Isn’t that just devilishly humorous?

And next, Goat Rider vs. Moobius:

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but with a name like Goat Rider, it would have made more sense to have the character ride a flaming goat, instead of the same motorcycle Ghost Rider rides. At least that would present some potentially funny visuals. But that’s just me. Man, and that cow humor never gets old, eh?

Good job, Spoof Comics. You’ve once again proved why you only existed during the terrible 90s, the Dark Age of comics.

And with that, Weekend Versus bids you a fond adieu…at least for now.

Another weekend, another chance to showcase a weird comic book crossover. This time, the really odd pairing of The Silver Surfer vs. Dracula #1:

That’s right, the space-faring cosmic entity versus the gothic horror bloodsucker. Because that just makes so much sense!

Running late this weekend, sorry. In honor of DC’s current “event” series, here’s a look at one of their perennial match-ups: Superman vs. The Flash:

This weekend, we’re featuring a one-shot with a supremely lengthy and unwieldy name: Victorian Undead Special: Sherlock Holmes vs. Jekyll/Hyde #1.

From the recently defunct Wildstorm imprint of DC Comics.

On this Mother’s day, let’s look at a crossover book that would give the mother of any superhero kids cause for concern. Skrulls vs Power Pack #1:

Luckily for Mrs. Power, her children Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie are quite capable of taking care of themselves, even against the dreaded shape-shifting alien Skrulls.

This weekend, I figured we’d go with a kid-friendly comic. Because, you know, the children also deserve their comic book character conflicts. So, here it is, Super Sonic vs. Hyper Knuckles #1:

Not much to say about this comic, other than to point out that the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book is still being published by Archie Comics. Not only that, it’s up to issue #223, and on average sells between 7000-8000 copies in the direct market!

To me, that’s a remarkable achievement. Those sales figures put it in the ballpark of some Vertigo title, not to mention making it a higher performer than books like Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero (Boom), Kull (Dark Horse), Savage Dragon (Image), and Fallen Angel (IDW). It even outsells the bulk of Marvel’s kid-friendly line of books (the “Marvel Adventures” imprint).

All this based on a video game character that debuted in 1991 on the Sega Genesis 16-bit system. Man, talk about longevity!

This weekend’s comic book crossover feature is Spider-femme vs. Denim:

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Superhero parody books are rarely funny.” And I’m here to say that…well, you’re right. I haven’t actually read this particular book, but in this case, I think it’s fair to judge the book by its cover. Or at least, its supposedly clever parody names. You see, Denim is a spoof of Spider-man villain Venom. Because…uh, well, they kinda sorta sound the same? I don’t know. All I know is that Spoof Comics published quite a handful of these dreadful looking comics before disappearing into the dustbin of comics history.

I’ll do a post on them in the upcoming week, so be sure to check back in with the blog for your dose of 90s cheese.

Welcome to another weekend look at comic book crossover conflicts. Today, we’re going to spotlight Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom #2:

As far as T n’ A covers go, this one just goes above and beyond:

  • Red Sonja in a pose that shows off both her T and her A.
  • The use of an anachronistic sponge to “tastefully” cover the naughty bit of her T.
  • The whole scene framed between the naked, wide open legs of a brutish man.
  • And my favorite touch: Sonja’s “water thong.”

By the way, for those of you unfamiliar with this particular character and comic, it’s a porn title featuring outdoor sex and–

No? It’s really about a strong, independent female warrior?

Oh, never mind then. My mistake.

Welcome to another edition of Weekend Versus, where we feature a comic book featuring character crossovers, or one with the word “versus” in the title. Why? because we can. This time around, in celebration of our 8 year anniversary promise of featuring indy comix, we’re going to look at a weird little book that I’d never even heard of before: Sandez Rey vs. Reality #1.

So I did a bit of Googling and it seems that Sandez Rey is a cartoonist specializing in mostly, um, adult comics. But as you can see from the cover of this collection, the stories in this book are appropriate for “all ages.”

Man, I’d hate to be the parent who mistakes one for the other.

This weekend’s comic book character crossover conflict is Punisher vs. Bullseye #1:

The sublime and understated Steve Dillon may have handled the interior artwork on this one, but the cover was drawn by Mike “Daaaang!” Deodato, so you get a lot of exaggerated musculature and a Big Gun (TM) that would put Rob Liefeld to shame.

This weekend, we take a trip back to the “bad girl” craze of the 90s, aka the Dark Ages of comics, with a look at Lady Death vs. Pandora #1:

As you would expect, this comic had about half a dozen variant covers. A few even showed some sort of conflict between the two characters, as the title would suggest, but most were just excuses to depict soft core porn. Going by this cover, it looks like there’s really no conflict between the two combatants, unless it’s some sort of thong-off or something.

It’s monsters versus superheroes this weekend, as we look at Godzilla vs. Hero Zero #1:

Hero Zero was one of the characters from Dark Horse Comics’ short-lived line of interconnected superhero universe books. Dig that Art Adams cover.

This week, we look at one of the mainstays of Marvel Comics crossover conflict, The Hulk vs. The Thing:

I thought it appropriate to feature a comic with The Thing, in light of Stan Lee’s recent interview with Vanity Fair wherein he reveals that Ol’ Blue Eye’s “dork” is indeed made out of orange rock:

Is the Thing’s dork made out of orange rock like the rest of his body?

I never gave it a thought. I guess common sense would say it was made of orange rock too, but I always thought it was more interesting to think about Reed Richards. As you know, he had the ability to stretch, and sexually, that would seem to be a great asset in many areas.

Oh Stan, you octogenarian rascal, you!

There are actually quite a few funny bits in the interview, despite the fact that most of the questions seem to be formulated by an uber-geek like Brodie mouth from Mallrats.

We’re going to take a short break from the mega-Marvel/DC inter-or-intra company crossovers this week, and focus on an indie book. Hero vs. Villain:

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of indie books and a strong supporter of the DIY model. But as a creator, you sometimes have to ask yourself: “is this work good enough to publish and ask people to pay money for?”

Looking at the art above, I think I know what my answer would be. Still and all, it is a very meta concept. Almost a more generic version of this previous entry.

It’s yet another mega- licensed property crossover that nobody asked for: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash #3:

That’s right, your favorite 80s and 90s horror icons battling it out for that sweet, sweet fanboy money.

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